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Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Nikon DSLR Camera

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Dimensions 7.8 cm x 12.7 cm x 7.8 cm 7.8 cm x 12.7 cm x 7.8 cm 8.3 cm x 11.6 cm x 8.3 cm 9.7 cm x 7.1 cm x 7.1 cm
Item Weight 1.1 kg 1.1 kg 789 g 404 g
Model Year 2012 2012 2009 2009
Mounting nikon canon Nikonbayonet nikon
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  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 7.8 x 7.8 cm ; 1.1 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 258306
  • ASIN: B0058NYW3K
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 30 Jun. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,714 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Produced in their legendary Aizu facility in Japan, Sigma presents their 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM prime lens. Building on 50 years of innovation in precision optics design and craftsmanship, the 105mm is a mid telephoto macro lens and direct successor to the widely acclaimed Sigma APO Macro 105mm F2.8 EX DG lens. Building on the success of its predecessor, the 105mm encompasses several advanced optical and design features which help to reduce various aberrations and loss of focus. Deep, clear and sharp images are produced as a result, making this lens a great value mid power offering to any budding photographer.

Sigma's dedicated Optical Stabilisation system offers a 4 stop blur correction

Sigma's dedicated Optical Stabilisation system offers a 4 stop blur correction

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The Lens Design

Design features make up the foundation of the Sigma 105mm lens. The most prominent feature is Sigma’s dedicated Optical Stabiliser system which is new to this model. The system offers an effective blur correction over 4 stops, helping to stabilise the image and counter shake. It is also linked to the viewfinder, allowing for more accurate previews and thus in focus images. The lens features Sigma’s in-house developed inner focussing system, which both eliminates the need to extend the barrel, reducing light loss, and the need to rotate the front lens. In staying fixed, the front lens can accommodate a hood (used in conjunction with the supplied hood adapter) that helps to counter light related issues such as glare. The inner focussing system also allows for the use of Circular Polarising filters. The lens also features Sigma’s exclusive Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) which works to auto focus images in a fast, accurate and silent manner. Combined with the Optical Stabiliser system, the lens has an extraordinarily efficient focus over long distances. The lens is manufactured to Sigma’s high standards with a splash proof body constructed from strong but lightweight polycarbonate, layered in a hard-wear paint finish.

Macro 1:1

The Sigma 105mm is a true macro lens, capable of capturing an object on its sensor at the exact same size as the object exists. This 1:1 magnification capability gives the lens an unrivalled ability to create scaled and realistic images. With an F-stop of 2.8, the lens is still capable of auto-focusing at a 1:1 magnification, very useful considering the often close-up style of photography that this type of lens is used for. Also when close-up, the 105mm focal length allows a user to increase the working distance between them and a subject giving the added benefit of reducing unwanted shadow formation in the composition.

2 SLD lens elements help to counter various colour and optical aberrations

2 SLD lens elements help to counter various colour and optical aberrations

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The Optical Composition

In all forms of lens construction, Sigma puts the highest emphasis on the quality and craftsmanship of the internal optics. As a result, the 105mm incorporates a set of cutting edge and unique optical features which work to create bright and sharp images, even at extreme close-up perspectives. Two out of sixteen lens elements are manufactured from Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass, renowned for its high resolution and light transmission properties. The SLD glass helps to counter various spherical and optical aberrations which are commonly found in macro lenses, such as chromatic aberration. The SLD elements also reduce field curvature and ensure high rendering performance at all shooting distances.

9 Diaphragm blades produce a much more desirable Bokeh effect

9 Diaphragm blades produce a much more desirable Bokeh effect

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The lens incorporates a 9 blade diaphragm which constructs a desirable blur (bokeh) effect on out of focus areas. The diaphragm also smoothes out intense back lighting, making them appear as rounded highlights as opposed to areas of over exposure. This effect helps to over emphasise the foreground subjects and smooth out the background, creating a well balanced image. Finally, Sigma applies Super Multi Layer coatings to all lens elements, which work to create an optimum colour balance by reducing the damaging effects of ghost and flare. The coatings also help to maximise light transmission to the DSLR’s sensor.

Super Multi Layer coatings work to eliminate flare and ghost irregularities

Super Multi Layer coatings work to eliminate flare and ghost irregularities

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A Lens Most Applicable For......

With a medium focal length of 105mm and macro 1:1 magnification, this Sigma lens is a perfect match for any photographer who would like to compose close-up or portrait images. Quick and accurate auto focussing combined with a dedicated Optical Stabiliser, mean that close-up and handheld images can be composed with accuracy and ease. The greater working distance accommodated by the 105mm focal length and the silent nature of the HSM, also make the lens ideal for taking close-up images of insects and other wildlife, subjects that by nature are easily scared off. The superior splash proof design helps protect the lens outdoors, when in pursuit of such nature. Finally, the first class optics allow for close-up subjects to be displayed in stunning clarity, opening up a previously unattainable world for photographers.

A range of separately available Sigma APO teleconverters can be used in conjunction. The converters substantially increase the focal length of the lens and in doing so allow users to increase their working distance from a subject while still maintaining a 1:1 macro magnification.

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  • Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
    Lens Hood
    Lens Hood Adapter
    Fitted Padded Case
    Front and Rear Caps
    Instruction Manual
    1 Year Warranty Card


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    Having read numerous professional reviews about macro lenses I decided to go for the top result, which was the Sigma 105mm. It came in a large padded case, which I think would have survived a nuclear bomb. Even the box screamed quality at you. The lens itself is a beast. It is quite heavy and gives the impression that it will last a lifetime. It comes with a nice deep hood that fits perfectly and must shield the lens from unwanted flaring.

    I have now taken close on 1000 macro images with this lens as well as using it as a standard 105mm lens that on my DX camera (Nikon D7100) is close to 150mm. For standard lens images of scenes the autofocus works well and quickly. If you are doing macro work I turn it off and focus manually. The reason for doing this is that autofocus on macro lenses never seems to work very well for any make. The AF always hunts all over and rarely focusses on the correct spot. I am told this is down to the mechanics of how the autofocus systems works. In short a lot of photographers don't even attempt to autofocus when doing macro imaging. The manual focus ring is big and works cleanly and smoothly. It feels very good and gives you confidence in the product.

    I always shoot in RAW and expand to pixel level when processing images. The first time I checked for aberration and colour fringing I was astonished to find that there wasn't any at all. It does not matter how far away I am from the subject either. The professional reviews were correct. I could not believe my eyes because lenses that cost twice as much always suffer from some kind of defect but not this one.

    Being a prime lens as opposed to a zoom lens you always expect it to be sharper. This lens is as sharp as a razor.
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    By Has on 15 Aug. 2013
    What a superb lens for macro photography and portraits.

    Previously I was using an extension tube on the kit lens for my Nikon D3100.

    The problem with that setup is the very narrow DoF and also I had to be extremely close to anything that I wanted to take a photo of.

    With the Sigma lens I can stay at a relatively safe distance that wont startle any little critters.

    I've only been using this lens for over a week and I have managed to take some shockingly good shots.

    I highly recommend this lens and the customer service from Dan H at Amazon was brilliant.

    Here's a photo taken with the Sigma:

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    What a beast of a lens this is. I use the lens for everything, not just macro, as it's the sharpest lens I've ever used. Even at 100% on a 24MP sensor, the images are usually close to perfect. The times they are not are unlikely to be the fault of the lens, as it proves itself much of the time.

    The optical stabilisation (vibration reduction) works very well for stationary items. I haven't had results quite as good as some reviews have suggested, but on a good day I can take the shutter speed down to around 1/30th and get a lovely sharp image, but often I need a higher shutter speed than that. The OS definitely does improve things though and is very worth having. I've read many comments about the OS being noisy - But I don't understand why that's a problem. It's a low noise that you can barely hear and nobody further than a few feet away would even notice. Like any mechanical thing, you're going to hear it when it's sitting right by your face. So don't be put off this lens from comments about that.

    Auto-focus is accurate and consistent after calibrating to your camera (it's imperative to set the fine tune correctly for the sharpest images, if you have that option on your camera). Focusing is quiet and fast, and the lens does not rotate as focus adjusts. Manual override works well too, with a nice feel that isn't too loose or too tight.

    Resolution is excellent. I haven't done scientific tests but in the real world, I'm very impressed with the clarity and resolution of even distant objects. I have found one of the best tests of this is to look at distance buildings in your photos at 100%, and see how clear the bricks are. Although I'm not sure of exact numbers, the sweet spot for this lens seems to be around f9, and the images are faultless at this aperture.
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    Having been into DSLR-level photography for around 6 months now, I was finding a gap with my steadily growing collection of lenses for my Nikon D5200. I needed something that would work well for low light, provide decent mid-telephoto capabilities, and give me incredible depth of field and bokeh. A built in focus motor was a must as was optical stabilization - having acquired the Tamron 70-300mm without stabilization just weeks ago, it was essential that my next lens had this. I had also been wanting a macro lens for some time but wasn't in the market for one at that point in time.

    With this, the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro, I have found all of the above and more. Let's go from the top; This lens is heavy, and built like a tank. You will notice it when you fit it to the camera. The shell is made of a very tough plastic but the entire lens has a top quality feel to it. It's also rather bulky, but nothing too unusual.

    With the Tamron mentioned above, I had found the external focus and the rotating barrel associated with it to be infuriating, not because of the issues surrounding CPL filters, but for the simple reason it made stabilising the lens during focus nearly impossible. With this Sigma, all focusing is internal and almost silent. It's also extremely fast and smooth. With options to limit the focus range, focus hunting can be minimized in some ranges. However, I have found in some cases that autofocus struggles to focus properly, but most other lenses would have had issues in the same situations. Manual focus is incredibly smooth and you can get pinpoint sharpness easily. Image stabilization is very good, although the lag associated with such features is noticeable.
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